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Textbook Affordability and Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide is an introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) and efforts to lower student textbook and course material costs at CCC.

Authoring an OER

Often instructors turn to OER as a way to get exactly the book they want and share it with others in their field.. Writing your own OER can be very intimidating 

Some things to consider when deciding if you want to author an OER:

  • You should be paid for your work, so look for grants to help pay for your time and energy. Open Oregon is a great place to start
  • Consider building into your timeline editing and peer-review before using in the classroom
  • OER need to "live" somewhere. Pressbooks is a common answer for many instructors, but there are also other options for publishing.
  • Do you need to start from scratch or can you adapt other content? Save time by using other openly licensed OER.
  • There are many successful OER authors at CCC. Contact a librarian if you would like to be connected with a CCC author to talk through their experience

Finding help for Authoring at CCC

Open Oregon 

A fantastic set of resources, an extensive FAQ, and grant opportunities.See what other Clackamas instructors have accomplished. 

Open Oregon offers support through a statewide Open Education Instructional Designer, Veronica Vold (she/her). Veronica is highly collaborative and centers on building meaningful relationships with instructors and teaching teams. Contact Veronica and Open Oregon.

CCC Library

The CCC Library is currently unable to to offer support in authoring OER.

Financial support 

Apply for a CCC minigrant. Teams have had successful OER minigrant proposals that have made their projects successful.

Open Oregon Grant applications open up a few times a year, so be on the lookout for them.  These grants may be for authoring an OER from scratch, adopting and adopting OER, or reviewing OER. 

For other grant assistance contact She may or may not be able to offer OER specific help at this time.

Other Open Oregon resources


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